April PhD Update

Hi Quilting Friends,

Happy April! This has been a busy month, with only a little time for stitching. We spent Easter weekend in San Antonio, visiting our son (Nathan) and his fiance (Gaby), and celebrating Easter with Gaby’s family. It was a relaxing, fun time! We really enjoyed spending time with them.

The weather has been so nice recently that I really don’t want to be indoors when I’m not at work. It will be hot soon, and I’ll be willing to stay inside once that happens. I’ve created a water feature near the bistro table in the backyard, which is now my favorite place to relax with a book and a beverage after my afternoon walk. I will plant more flowers to fill in the blank spaces, and add some lighting for night-time ambience. Delightful!

Here’s my April update-

PHD in 2023 Projects

Project #1 – Lemons Casserole Carrier

My “One Monthly Goal” for April was to finish making the lemons casserole carrier. I used the instructions from Sew4Home, HERE, to make this project. Read more about it and see additional photos HERE.

Lemons Casserole Carrier A by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA
Project #3 – “Bonus” HST Squares from RSC2021 and RSC2022
HST Squares Wall Quilt B by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

I think that I’ve decided how I want to quilt this little quilt, so my “One Monthly Goal” for May is to begin quilting. Maybe I’ll finish, but no promises (as usual). May is crazy-busy with school wrapping up, and the weather is usually much too nice to spend my weekends indoors with Princess Nina. Ready, Set, SEW!

Project #9 – Coffee, Tea, or Me: Part 4
Coffee Mugs by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

The project was completed in March, and I shared my finished “Coffee, Tea, or Me” project for the April “Say What?” Sew It Show It challenge. You can read more about the project in THIS POST. Here’s a photo of the finished teapot table topper-

Teapot Table Topper by Ms P Designs USA
Project #12 – Christmas Place Mats
Christmas Scrap Bin from Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

The ornament blocks are all done, and SEW adorable! Next step is to choose the fabrics for my pieced borders. I won’t share a photo today, since this is a new pattern design for Ms P’s Pattern Shop. I anticipate a July release, if I keep up my pace.

New Projects

The “One Gift a Month” challenge for April was a drawstring gift bag with an inside divider. I made two cute little bags with some of my purple scraps.

April Divided Bags by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

I’ve been piecing a “Tulip Garden” table topper that uses these bold and beautiful batiks and writing a pattern for it! No photos of the project yet, but it is coming along nicely. I’ll share it when we’re ready to publish the pattern.

Ongoing Projects

The “Rainbow Scrap Challenge” color for April was PURPLE. Even though I have loads of PURPLE scraps, I decided to opt out of making more blocks. I worked on putting together the Carolina Chain blocks instead. I got 13 more blocks finished, each with two light chains and two dark chains-

April Carolina Chain Blocks by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

Progress Update

Here’s my updated task list for April –

And here’s my updated PHD tally-

April PHD Tally by Sharon @ Ms P Designs USA

Happy quilting,


Link to PHD in 2023: April Report from Quilting Gail

Link to Monday Musings from Songbird Designs

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